Josh Harvey,

Ask The National Expert (8-1-16) national recruiting analyst and Midlands manager Greg Powers answers questions about TCU's recruiting efforts in the 2017 class.

You mentioned five-star Baron Browning last week as a guy you are predicting TCU lands. Beyond that, who else are you projecting to Fort Worth? 

“The Browning to TCU pick is based off of what school would I pick for him today. That was a tough pick between TCU and Texas, but if I had to pick one program right now it would be an in-state school, so if he were deciding today I guess I feel like it would be TCU. That being said I am watching schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC very closely in this race as well and there are many out there who feel that he will ultimately end up at an out of state school.
"Another guy I think that TCU fans should feel good about is Katy (Texas) DE Corey Bethley.
"Of course Lancaster (Texas) WR Omar Manning is a big fish out there that TCU has been in good shape with for a good while, but it is a real dogfight for him right now with schools like Texas and Alabama. He may commit before the season, but I still expect him to take his official visits.”

2.) TCU finished the 2016 class No. 13 in the team recruiting rankings - the highest class under Gary Patterson. For the person who wasn't here, recap their overall success and give your thoughts on the class. 

“I loved TCU’s 2016 class. Highlighted on offense by a thunder and lightning running back package. One of the most physically imposing players on the TCU roster right now is running back Sewo Olonilua and I expect Darius Anderson to be a real home-run type of threat in the Big 12. Both were four-stars and have completely opposite sets of skills.

"It did a great job blending in key additions at every position as well as securing some immediate impact guys from the junior college ranks.

"Not to be overlooked are key late additions from Scout four-star DE Brandon Bowen who came over after being released from his NLI at Baylor in the wake of the scandal there and former Kansas State OL commit Blake Hickey. Both tremendous post-signing day pickups.”

3.) After such a strong class, any concern with them sitting at just No. 45 right now? 

“I do not have any concern about the ranking of the class with less than 10 names on the commitment list at this time. The best recruiting class ever is not probably going to be topped each and every year, so expectations should be for a class that continues to bring in the quality that the program has grown accustomed too and work within the numbers of the scholarships available. Keeping in mind you are always up against the 85-man scholarship limit. 

"In the 2016 class TCU had a ton of momentum in the Houston area – most of its highest rated recruits came from there –  and I would like to see it build upon that success. So if I was nit picky I would say that it only has one current commit from the Houston area.” 

4.) The class is highlighted by quarterback Shawn Robinson. What could be different for Robinson at DeSoto compared to Guyer?

“I can tell you the game (DeSoto vs. Denton Guyer on 9/2/16) was already interesting, but how about now? 

"Both Denton Guyer and DeSoto compete at high levels in TXHSFB and both could be considered favorites in any year to win their respective district championships and go on to compete for the state title.

"Robinson could play a bit of a different role in the DeSoto offense than he did in the Guyer offense as its QBs have .  Keep in mind that DeSoto also has phenom quarterback Courtney Douglas coming up in the Class of 2018 and it would not be a huge surprise at all to see that there is a package in place for both QBs. 

"Keep in mind Robinson has been dealing with a hamstring issue throughout the offseason it may be a good thing.

"DeSoto quarterbacks re featured in the run game and have racked up over 3,000 yards of rushing offense the past two seasons. A healthy Robinson is easily one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation.”


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